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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a American public opinion unit of a standard civics course. Topics covered include:
- Characteristics of American political culture
- Impact of public opinion on U.S. politics
- Challenges of public opinion polling
- Americans' common views of the U.S. political system
- Agents of political socialization
1. What is American Political Culture?
The American political culture is a system of shared political traditions, customs, beliefs and values. This lesson discusses the characteristics of America's political culture and the factors that help shape it.
2. What is Public Opinion?
Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the concept of public opinion and explores influences on public opinion.
3. The Measurement of Public Opinion
Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the measurement of public opinion, including the development and use of opinion polling.
4. Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System
Americans use a unique frame of reference to perceive and evaluate our political system. This lesson explores five common beliefs Americans hold about the American political system.
5. What is Political Socialization?
Political socialization is the process by which people form their ideas about politics. This lesson explains political socialization and discusses the means through which Americans form their political values.
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- Federalism in the US
- U.S. Political Parties, Voters & Electoral Process
- Interest Groups in the United States
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- The U.S.'s Legislative Branch
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- Civil Rights in the United States
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- Overview of Public Policy
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- Basic Theories of Morality
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